How To Restore Skin After Summer

Barbecues, beach days, hiking trips, pool time — all that good summer fun left your skin baking in the sun’s direct rays! While there is no substitute for good sun protection, the good news for those who have suffered environmental damage from sun exposure is that there are a number of things we can do to heal our skin after the effects of summer.

A chapped face can be a painful side effect of dry, air-conditioned houses during the summer months. To heal chapped spots, we recommend using a rich moisturizer like Decleor Aroma Sun Expert High Repair After Sun Face Balm 0.5 oz ($27.99) that provides 24 hours of hydration for your face. It is great to apply it evenly on face after sun exposure.

If your lips also suffer because of high temperatures and your beach days, Jane Iredale LipDrink SPF 15 Lip Balm ($10.99) creates a kissable, supple pout. Nourishing avocado oil protects and moisturizes as emollients, vitamin e soothes and protects from free radicals. Yes, it is as good as it sounds!

Almost everyone has experienced the redness and inflammation that comes from direct overexposure to the sun. The best treatment, of course, is prevention. Make sure that anytime you go outside you are wearing a sunscreen like Elta MD UV Daily Tinted Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 ($24.19) this is a tinted facial sunscreen. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, it helps protect skin and hydrates to boost moisture retention.  Ideal for normal, combination, and post-procedure skin, it can be worn alone or under makeup.

Once your skin has been burned, you need to repair it with certain products and ingredients like Vitamin C, the Glo Therapeutics 15% Vitamin C Serum ($65.99) visibly transforms skin’s clarity and reduces the appearance of fine lines and it is a great treatment to recover skin after the summer. You can also use the Revision Vitamin C Lotion 15% ($58.99) that is a daily antioxidant for brighter skin, formulated with the most advanced form of Vitamin C for healthy, radiant skin.

 

Believe it or not, being exposed to the sun also promotes dark spots. In fact, during the summer time (and some months after if you don’t take care of your skin) is when you can see this dark spots at its most intense moment.Murad Rapid Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Serum 1 oz ($38.99) corrects stubborn dark spots and uneven complexions. Results are sustained over a long period of time while it brightens the complexion.

Summer days are now over, so it is time to take some time apart from the beach to take care of your skin!

Fall Beauty Products You Need Now

The runway has often dictated our beauty preferences for the upcoming season, and fall 2017 is no different. As the weather turns cooler, we’re excited about the colorful trends setting fall apart from the warmer months of the year. Here are the beauty products you need now so that you can take advantage of fall’s hottest trends.

Subtly Stained Lips

Nothing says “natural” better than a delicate flush of color on your lips. The great thing about using a lip stain to achieve such a look is that you can easily wear shades darker than you’d normally wear—and totally pull it off. That means the reds, rubies, and burgundies you normally reserve for special occasions may just end up being your go-to favorites on those busy fall mornings when you really need to pull your look together. The beauty of this trend is that it calls for a minimal face overall, so don’t worry about playing up your eyes or accentuating your cheekbones. This is all about that demure pop of color on your pout. We love Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain ($16.99) for this very reason—it’s oh so versatile, it works for everyone, and you can use it to add some flush to your complexion.

 

Bronzer Gone Rogue

Summer’s over, so your bronzer is safely stashed somewhere in the middle of your beauty clutter, right? Not so fast! The fall runways were packed with bronzed cheeks that added a deep and elegant glow to skin. That’s the key to using bronzer during a time of year when lackluster complexions tend to run rampant. You’ll enjoy the warmth of an enviable summer tan and the rich depth of a defining bronze hue. Just be sure to pick a matte formula instead of one packed with shimmer—the key is to select a color that wears well throughout the day, not just for fun occasions. Glo Minerals Bronze in Sunlight ($30.99) is one of our favorites for its rich, true color and lightweight texture. Just dust it on for an instant pop of color that looks fresh and natural.

 

Feathery Lower Lashes

How often do you really focus on your lower eyelashes when you’re doing your makeup? You might gently run the wand over them once to give them some oomph, but there’s nothing gentle or safe about the latest trend. The goal is to play those lashes up for all they’re worth. And let’s be honest—the lower lashes are severely neglected in a world where the upper eyelids get all the love. Make it work by using a formula that resists moisture. You don’t need to spend the entire day worrying about raccoon eyes, and that won’t be a problem with bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara in Black ($16.99). You’ll be floored by how amazingly your eyes absolutely pop!

 

Dewy Soft Skin

One of the first signs that it’s getting cold outside is that dry skin becomes a serious issue. The runways were filled with deeply moisturized faces that emanated a certain dewy, youthful glow. You can achieve that by focusing on your complexion throughout the season and amplifying your moisture game. A product like Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Precious Cream ($52.99) works wonders—it repairs and rejuvenates on contact, and it also leaves skin brighter and rosier. Looks like there’s something to its name, after all.

 

Under the Lights

There seems to be an underlying trend of sheer simplicity that dominates fall’s standout beauty looks. During a season that’s typically all about drama and darkness, it makes a refreshing change—and a brilliant option for anyone who doesn’t want to spend hours on her makeup every morning. Now you can add a little highlighter to the equation instead of contouring or heavy blush. This helps bring out your best features but doesn’t take much time to achieve. In fact, a quick swipe and a little blending is all it takes to make it happen. We’re wild about Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter in Complete ($20.99) for its easy applicator and universal color.

 

Images courtesy Vogue.com

The Ultimate Guide to Lazy-Girl Makeup

It’s tough to put on a full face every day, but sometimes you’re also not quite comfortable leaving the house without spackling on the foundation. The good news is that you don’t have to be a professional makeup artist to pull off a pulled together look—in fact, there’s a really comfortable in-between place that makes it easy to achieve a flattering look. Even if you’re feeling extra lazy and less than enthusiastic about applying concealer, meticulously doing your lips, or packing on the eyeshadow, you can make this work for you. Here, is our ultimate guide to lazy-girl makeup.

It Starts With Your Skin

A great look begins with flawless skin—but you don’t need to commit to an hour-long session with a foundation brush, concealer, and some sort of thick paint-like foundation. Instead, invest in a high-quality tinted moisturizer that is designed to conceal imperfections, hydrate, and generate a smooth and elegant canvas for the rest of your makeup. A formula like bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream ($26.99) takes its job seriously: It’s a little bit of everything all rolled into one, including BB, CC, and tinted moisturizer. Feel free to add an extra layer for deeper coverage. It’s especially comforting for drier skin types.

Time needed: 2 minutes

The Eyes Have It

Whether you’re genuinely lazy or just in a rush, you probably don’t have time to sit down with your collection of makeup brushes and artfully render a runway-worthy eye look. And we don’t want that for you, either, which is why we’re so excited about the Tigi Cosmetics Cream Eyeshadow in Bubbly ($17.29). This shade, in particular, is the ultimate choice when you’re not feeling it—it instantly brightens up tired eyes, which in turn helps wake up your whole face. It’s a no-crease formula with some light shimmer, and the easy cream-to-powder formula is ideal to smooth on and go.  Time needed: 1 minute

 Get a Little Cheeky

There’s nothing like a dual-purpose product that effectively handles multiple needs at once. Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain ($16.99) is a one-stop-shop for your complexion and your lips. Available in three colors, it’s easy to apply directly from the tube. Simply swirl it onto the apples of your cheeks, blend, and watch a beautifully natural flush appear. Then add a bit to your lips for an equally natural finish. This is a great option for anyone who prefers a pared-down makeup collection, doesn’t want to bother with hefty brushes, and doesn’t really care much about the precise application.

Time needed: 1 minute

A Pop for Your Pout

Never underestimate the power of a kiss of color on your lips. If you have time for nothing else, make this the one step you do take before you go about your day. We recommend a brightening lip balm that leaves behind just a tint so that you don’t have to concern yourself with issues like going outside of your natural lip line or what might happen if you apply sight unseen while on the go. bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($14.99) is ideal for this purpose. It’s available in eight hues, all of which deliver just the right amount of color and leave behind a stain-like finish. And because it’s not drying, your lips with feel soft and look healthy all day long.

Time needed: 45 seconds

Take It All Off

The last step on the lazy girl’s agenda? Removing the makeup, of course. The good news is that since you don’t wear a lot, it won’t really take you long at all to remove it—but it is important to get it all off before you hit the sack. We love Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Cleanser ($18.99) because it gets to work on contact. Made with seven essential oils, it transitions from a smooth gel to a lightweight oil as you massage it into your skin. Simply blend in, rinse off, and pat dry.

Time needed: 2 minutes

 

Images courtesy Vogue.com

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